February 9,  2020 

MERR arrived in the early afternoon to a very young gray seal pup by the Lifesaving Station south of Dewey Beach. It was observed to have serious wounds around its neck, and given the youth of the seal, it was decided to transport the seal to a rehabilitation facility. 

A team of eight MERR volunteers assisted in the rescue, crating and transportation of the seal to representatives at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.


A female Loggerhead sea turtle nested in Fenwick Island on July 8th, 2018.  The nesting female had only 3 flippers, but still managed to make her nest and lay 78 eggs.  The nest had to be relocated due to its location in the tide zone, and the beach replenishment project.  MERR's volunteers spent hundreds of hours monitoring the nest to help keep these little turtles safe, watching throughout the night, which is when the hatchlings are most likely to emerge.  


 The turtles were not tagged with any tracking devices.  Loggerheads typically reach maturity at about 20 years of age, so it will be interesting to see if these little loggerheads return to the same beach on which they imprinted to lay their own nests.

We are happy that we were able to partner with DNREC to help 48 endangered loggerheads start their life in the ocean.  

MARCH 19, 2019
MERR rescued a very robust yearling harp seal from a field up in New Castle yesterday. The seal had crawled out of the Delaware River and up into a field on the property of Occidental Chemical, near the refineries. Covered in mud and blending in with the grasses, this seal was very lucky to be found by the manager there, who reported him to us. Named "Jack" after the man who saved him, the seal was rescued by MERR and released down in Coastal Sussex. Jack was last seen making a hasty retreat into the water and heading straight out towards the ocean.​


January 25, 2016

Thanks to MERR volunteers, State Park Rangers, Dewey Beach Police, and the good samaritan motorists who stopped to help in getting  a yearling harbor seal into a crate, eliminating the immediate danger of being hit by a passing car. She was then transported her to the bayside of the Point at Cape Henlopen for release.  After pounding her flipper on the crate door to get out, she hesitantly made her way into the water and was last seen swimming happily toward the Point.

Lily the Easter seal

Scroll through the above slide show to see Lily's story and the help with MERR in getting her the help she critically needs.

The Story of Phil, the wayward seal

Swimming his way up into the middle of the state, Phil certainly went where no known seal has gone before!

Scenes from MERR in action

Above are a number of photos from the various strandings in which MERR has played a part. We will update it periodically with information and new photos.

MERR Institute, Inc. 801 Pilottown Road | Lewes, DE 19958 | (302) 228-5029 | Email


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